Five Awesome Stax Classics By Sam & Dave – Happy 84th Birthday Sam Moore

Sam & dave and Sam Moore

Designated “Double Dynamite,” “The Sultans of Sweat,” and “The Dynamic Duo,” Sam Moore and Dave Prater joined forces to form the world’s greatest soul duo and one of the most thrilling live acts of the 1960s.
Memphis Music Hall of Fame

Samuel David Moore (born October 12, 1935) is an American vocalist who was a member of the soul and R&B group Sam & Dave from 1961 to 1981. He is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame (for “Soul Man“), and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

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Hold On, I’m Comin’

Al Jackson plays as if Sam and Dave had just persuaded him that you could be arrested for not popping the one hard enough. Sam and Dave sing as if they said it because they believed it.
And if you know a greater statement of sexual urgency, keep it to yourself because it probably really is illegal.
-Dave Marsh (The Heart of Rock and Soul)

Live 1966, Stax & Volt tour

When Something is Wrong with My Baby

A landmark in the history of onomatopoeia. Sam and Dave welded themselves in sound as strongly as their song insists one must be joined with one’s baby. The irony, of course, is that Sam and Dave couldn’t stand one another. Nevertheless, no duo ever harmonized better than these two, and that’s even more evident on this molasses-tempo ballad than on their bigger, faster hits. The vocal arrangement is pure gospel, but the solemn bass, ostinato piano, organ wash, and sonorous horn chords (which Aretha swiped for the bridge of “Respect”) are the essence of the Stax/Volt sound. The result is conversational but never casual, right down to the cries of “Sure ’nuff!” and “Now!”
-Dave Marsh (The Heart of Rock and Soul)

Soul Man

You don’t know like I know

Soothe me

-Egil

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